2014-03-17

Volvo Trucks to Bring its Full Heavy-Duty Range to the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show



by Brandon Borgna

Volvo Trucks will showcase its full range of North American Class 8 models at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show, March 27 to 29 in Louisville, Ky. Volvo’s indoor booth, no. 32125 in the North Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center, includes 12 vehicles spanning regional haul, long haul, heavy haul and vocational segments of the Class 8 market.

"The innumerable intricacies that exist between various segments require continued development of application-specific vehicles and specifications. We’ve taken the same comprehensive approach with our alternative fuels strategy and work toward offering a range of engine and fuel options that consider operational and geographic needs and infrastructure realities,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Over the past three years, we’ve expanded our vehicle lineup with the launch of the VAH, tailored to the specific needs of autohaulers, and the VNX for heavy-haul operations. Our most recent introduction, the Optimized Series for regional applications, brings together features proven to improve cost of ownership. It’s an approach we’ll extend in other segments.”

Regional Haul
The Optimized Series models on display highlight fuel- and weight-saving specifications for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications.

Optimized Series Volvo VNM 200

  • Volvo D11 engine – 405 horsepower, 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT
  • 6x2 tandem rear axle configuration with rear-tag axle
Optimized Series Volvo VNM 430 mid-roof
  • Volvo D11 engine – 405 horsepower, 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT
  • 6x2 tandem rear axle configuration with rear-tag axle

Optimized Series Volvo VNL 630 mid-roof
  • Volvo D13 engine – 425 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,750-1,450 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT
  • 6x2 tandem rear axle configuration with rear-tag axle

Long-Haul

Volvo VNL 780
  • Volvo D13 engine – 425 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,750-1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT

Volvo VNL 730
  • Cummins ISX15 engine – 455 horsepower, 1,550-1,750 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Smart Advantage Ultrashift Plus

Volvo VNL 670

  • Volvo D13 engine – 500 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,750-1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT

Heavy-Haul
Introduced at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show, the powerful Volvo VNX was developed for applications up to 225,000 pounds, like long combination vehicles, heavy equipment hauling and specialized loads.

Volvo VNX

  • Volvo D16, 600 horsepower, 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT

Alternative Fuels
Volvo VNM and VNL models are available with spark-ignited gas engines powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), depending on specification.

While spark-ignited engines are meeting near-term market demand, Volvo is also developing a proprietary compression ignition LNG engine and an engine fuelled by dimethyl ether (DME), made from natural gas or a variety of domestic sources. Both engines are part of Volvo’s long-term “Blue Power” alternative fuels strategy to address future demand as it eventually grows within the broader heavy-duty market.

Volvo VNL 300 CNG

  • Cummins Westport ISX12 G – 400 horsepower, 1,450 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 10-speed Eaton Fuller

Volvo VNL 300 LNG

  • Volvo D13-LNG – 455 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,750-1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT

Volvo VNL 300 DME

  • Volvo D13-DME – 435 horsepower, 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT

Vocational
Tough and nimble, the Volvo VHD serves a wide range of vocational segments like construction, refuse and municipalities. The Volvo VAH auto hauler model serves a relatively limited but vital segment of the market responsible for passenger vehicle transport.

Volvo VHD 200 Axle Forward

  • Volvo D13 engine – 500 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,850-1,650 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT
  • Aluminum dump body

Volvo VAH 430

  • Volvo D13 engine – 455 horsepower Eco-Torque, 1,750-1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Volvo I-Shift AMT
  • Sleeper cab
  • Lower chassis height and short bumper-to-back-of-cab dimensions maximize freight capacity

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 110,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2013, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to $41.5 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S. For more information, please visit
www.volvogroup.com or www.volvogroup.mobi if you are using your mobile phone.

March 17, 2014

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